If you plan to sue someone or a company in the near future in court, it is important to know that there will be many different types of evidence you may need in order to prove your case. You will need to provide evidence of any claims that you make against the person or company that can be substantiated in some way. The following guide walks you through a few of the different types of evidence your attorney may need to get in order to prove your case in court.
The first thing you will need to do is to tell your side of the story. You will need to make an affidavit to put all of the information in writing. An affidavit is a sworn oath that declares everything you say in your statement is true. You need to be able to provide as much information as possible in your affidavit, so that a basis for your lawsuit can be created.
A Statutory Declaration
Anyone you call as a witness in your case will need to make an affidavit or a statutory declaration. The difference between the two is that the affidavit is a sworn oath, while the statutory declaration is simply someone saying they are being as truthful as they can about the situation, but that some parts of their story may not be as well-remembered as they would like them to be. Someone makes a statutory declaration when they do not want to be legally bound to their statement because they are not sure if every word is exactly how a situation took place.
Have Documents Notarized
Any documents that will be presented in court as evidence of what occurred during the events in question need to be notarized. When a document is notarized, the notary determines if the document is in its original form and uses a seal to stamp the document so that anyone that sees it can rest assured it is in its true, original form. This is needed to ensure that no one tampered with any documentation to make it say information that would benefit one side of the court more than another.
When you go to trial, the judge will look at all of the evidence that is presented to him or her and hear both sides of the story. Having everything properly notarized and all affidavits and statutory declarations submitted in proper form will show the judge that your attorney and you are willing to do whatever it takes to prove your case. Someone that comes into court with lackluster evidence may lose their case because the judge will not be able to rule in their favor because of the lack of evidence. For more information, contact Integra Law Group.